Improvisation skills for guitarists with Glenn Sharp

This workshop will cover routines for improving your improvisation, improvisation and creativity exercises and developing your confidence. This will be a fun practical workshop, rather than a theoretical one.

The workshop will take place at Rogue Artists’ Studios new site at the former Varna Street Primary School in Gorton. Full details will be provided when booking.



dotdotdot Flamenco Dance and Guitar Workshops

Saturday September 30th, 2017

Dance students will learn technique, some choreography as well as an introduction to flamenco singing. All of these courses include a short break and the last hour will consist of a ‘Join the Dots’ session where all of the groups join together and learn how the dance, guitar and singing connect.

The workshops will cover Tangos and Bulerías for both dancers and guitarists.  The palos will be explained and material will then be put into practice in the ‘Join the Dots’ session where guitarists and dancers join with the fantastic singer Anna Colom! It’s a brilliant and unique opportunity to experience live singing, asking any questions you might have and also to learn essential skills for your own performances. This material is great for fin de fiesta and also for finishing a solo dance.

Learn a little more about dotdotdot guitarist Liam Howarth! He will be teaching another brilliant workshop on how to accompany dance.

12:30 – 16:30 Level 1 Dance (Beginners)

12:30 – 16:30 Level 2 Dance (Intermediate)

12:30 – 16:30 Guitar Masterclass (Intermediate)

To book your place fill in this enrollment form.

Studio Address: Studio 25, 25 Church St, Manchester M4 1PE

dotdotdot will perform a ‘dotdotdot dance Tablao Night’ the same evening.


Concert and Workshops by Alicia Carrasco and Jose Manuel Leon


We are thrilled to host a concert and workshops by singer Alicia Carrasco and guitarist Jose Manuel Leon.

On Sunday 21st May they will present their project Mujer Klórica. Drawing on the history of Flamenco as a political art form, their songs explore themes of social justice, tolerance and the role of women in Flamenco. Musically they mix traditional flamenco forms with elements of jazz and experimental music.

Alicia and Jose have worked with artists such as Carmen Linares and Gerado Nuñez and are recognised as leading innovative flamenco artists in Spain. They will be joined by percussionist Ruven Rippik and the concert will also feature a number of solo pieces by Jose.

During the afternoon there will be workshops for guitarists and people wanting to learn and try flamenco cante, the rhythm and the meaning behind the words. Both workshops will focus on Alegrias. These will be very limited in numbers and can be booked through the links below.

Mujeres Klorica Flamenco Concert
Didsbury Baptist Church, School Lane M20 6SX
Sunday 21st May
Doors 7:30
Concert begins at 8:00
Online ticket sales are now closed
Tickets £12 on the door

Alegrias Guitar Workshop with Jose Manuel Leon
Sunday 21st May
2:30 – 5:30
Now Fully Booked
Rogue Artist Studios
72 Chapeltown St, Manchester
Manchester M1 2WH
United Kingdom

Alegrias Cante Workshop with Alicia Carrasco
Sunday 21st May
2:30 – 5:30
Now Fully Booked
Rogue Artist Studios
72 Chapeltown St, Manchester
Manchester M1 2WH
United Kingdom

Any questions please email


Flamenco Dance Workshop with Araceli Garcia


Sat 1st April 2017

11:00 – 12:00 technique : £10
12:15 – 13:15 buleria : £10
13:30 – 15:00 tientos : £25

Sun 2nd April 2017

11:00 – 12:00 technique : £10
12:15 – 13:15 buleria : £10
13:30 – 15:00 tientos : £25

(with guitar accompaniment)

Full day: £40
Full 2 days course: £70

Please note your place is not guaranteed until payment is received.
Flamenco Manchester is a voluntary, non-profit group. In order to
make events like this sustainable, we cannot offer refunds for places
no longer wanted. Should you be unable to attend the event, we will
endeavour to help find someone to purchase your place from you,
however this should not be relied upon. Thank you for your

Please contact
for payment details and to reserve your place


Flamenco workshops 4/5 Feb


We are delighted to announce that the team from Granada will be returning to give dance, guitar and palmas workshops on Saturday 4th February and Sunday 5th February, after great feedback from their previous workshops.

The dance and palmas courses are with one of Granada’s leading artists, Paco Fernández. Paco works at world class level and brings a wealth of experience with him. He is a regular performer in the Granada tablaos (flamenco venues), including the leading tablao ‘El Templo de Flamenco’ and has toured Europe and Russia. He is also a patient and highly enthusiastic teacher who instils confidence in his students. We received excellent feedback from participants on his previous courses. There will be an opportunity to join with Alejandro and Manuel and learn how the baile fits with the cante and guitar.

Alongside these courses, we will be offering a guitar course, delivered by Manuel Cortes Heredia – a lifelong musician and expert accompanist, who is a regular in ‘El Templo de Flamenco’. Manuel has years of professional experience working with singers and dancers at the highest level and his teaching is patient and clear. We received excellent feedback from participants on his previous course. The focus of this February’s course is on how to accompany cante and baile – how to follow both the singer and the dancer and the interaction beween the two of them. There will be an opportunity to accompany Paco and Alejandro to put the class into practice.

Francesca and Eduardo Girone will again be translating for the classes. Francesca dances with the artists in Spain and they are both very knowledgeable about flamenco.

Course levels
Improvers dance, Tangos – minimum of 2 years’ experience and some knowledge of tangos needed
Intermediate dance, Jaleos – minimum of 4 years’ experience and some knowledge of bulerias needed
Improvers palmas – knowledge of flamenco compas needed, suitable for dancers or guitarists
Intermediate palmas – good knowledge of flamenco compas needed, this class will cover contratiempos, suitable for dancers or guitarists
Guitar, Jaleos – intermediate level with some knowledge of bulerias needed

Jaleos are a palo whose musical elements originate from the bulerias and solea. The dances for jaleos were very popular in the middle of the 19th century in the cafes cantantes and theatres. In many ways a jaleo is like a slow bulerias and it is thought that some originate from the Extremadura region. Here is a YouTube clip of Farruquito and Farru performing jaleos:

Course times
Saturday 4th Feb
Improvers palmas 12-1pm
Improvers dance, tangos 1-2pm
Intermediate palmas 2.30-3.30pm
Intermediate dance, jaleo 3.30-5.30pm
Sunday 5th Feb
Guitar, jaleo 10.30am -1.30pm
Improvers dance, tangos 2-3pm
Intermediate dance 3-5pm

Improvers Dance (2 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist joining at end) £30
Intermediate Dance (4 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist joining at end) £60
Guitar (3 hours, singer and dancer joining at end) £45
Palmas (rhythm and clapping) for dancers and guitarists £15

The dance and palmas workshops will be held at:
La Suerte Dance School, 3rd Floor, 60 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DF

The guitar workshop will be held at:
Rogue Artists’ Studios, 66-72 Chapeltown Street, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2WH

We are sorry that we cannot issue any refunds for this course, except in the instance of cancellation by the artists. Please contact Sarah Chambers at for payment details, to confirm your place.


December workshops

We have some great workshops coming up in December. John Walsh will be here for the weekend 10th/11th December he will be giving the following two workshops. We will also have Yinka Esi Graves here in December who will also be doing loads of amazing classes.

Saturday 10 December, Guitar Workshop with John Walsh
2:00 to 5:30pm
A close look at technique and composition with Paco de Lucia’s Rio de Miel
Buleria in A Minor
Limited places. please email to reserve a place

Sunday 11 December, Guitar Workshop with John Walsh
10:30 – 5:00pm
Siguriyas for dance
With special guest Yinka Esi Graves
Limited places, Please book using this link.

Sunday 11th December, Dance Workshop with Yinka Esi Graves
2:00 – 5:00pm

‘Relationship between guitar and dancer’

The idea is to join forces with John’s guitar students and work together around dance structure, palmas and accompanying as a dancer. This is really focussed on a cuadro flamenco set up for more advanced students. We will continue with Siguiryas.

These workshops to take place at; Rogue Artists’ Studios, 66-72 Chapeltown Street Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2WH

Yinka will also be doing the following workshops in Manchester.

Wednesdays: 7th, 14th, 21st of December
Beginners 6:30- 7:30: Tangos
Technique foot work/ body work: 7:30-8:30
Intermediate/ Advanced 8:30- 9:30: Siguirya

Classes will take place at:
The Dance House
10 Oxford Road

The pricing is as follows:

– 1 class: £10 per class (£30 for 3 weeks)
– 2 classes: £9 per class (£54 for 3 weeks)
– 3 classes: £25 (£75 for 3 weeks)
– drop in: £12

To book your place and pay the reduced full course price please contact Yinka at